Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Research Wing (MDRF) and Deakin University, Australia Host Workshop on Diabetes

Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Research Wing (MDRF) and Deakin University, Australia Host Workshop on Diabetes 

Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Research Wing (MDRF) and Deakin University, Australia Host Workshop on Diabetes

Workshop on “Diabetes Research – A fertile field with numerous opportunities”

Chennai, March 15th, 2019: Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) and Deakin University, Australia today organized a day long workshop on diabetes to explore opportunities of research and highlight the critical areas where urgent progress is required. Aptly titled Diabetes Research – A Fertile Field with Numerous Opportun ities” the workshop was also a celebration of 25 years of Deakin University’s engagement in India. Ms. Susan Gr ace, Australian Consul-General, Chennai; Professor Jane den Hollader AO, Vice-Chancellor & President, Deakin University; Professor David Austin, Associate Dean-International, Deakin University, Professor V. Mohan, Pr esident, MDRF and Professor S.P. Thyagarajan, Professor of Eminence & Dean (Research), SRM University, Chennai inaugurated the session.

Commemorating 25 years of engagement with Dea kin University, Australia and India (1994 to 2019), Deak inUniversity, Australia is hosting a range of events in collaboration with The Australian Trade and Investment Commission and its India partners to explore future engagements in areas of strategic importance to India and Australia. As part of this initiative, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre’s research wing Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) and Deakin University, Australia organized a day long workshop to further resea rch initiatives in diabetic treatment and care. Participating at the event were eminent faculty from Deakin Uni versity, Australia including Professor Jane den Hollander AO, Vice-Chancellor & President, Deakin Un iversity, Professor Julie Owens, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Professor Anna Peeters, Director, Institute for He alth Transformation, Professor.Jon Watson, Dean, School of Medicine, ProfessorJo Williams, Associate Head of School (Research), Dr. Kathryn Aston-Mourney, Senior Lecturer in Human Biology, School of Medicine, Dr. Virgi nia Hagger, Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing and Professor Ken Walder, Chair in Metabolic Diseases.

Commenting on the workshop, Professor V.Mohan, President, MDRF and Honorary Professor, Deakin University said, “We are happy to say that MDRF is collaborating with the Deakin University for over 5 years. Ph.Dprogrammes and Diabetes Nurse Educator’s course are being conducted at MDRF in collaboration with Deakin University. So far, three students have completed their PhD and three are currently pursuing their do ctoral degree and 30 nurses have completed the 4-month diabetes nurse educator’s course at MDRF. Both these programmes are successful collaborative initiatives in India. MDRF is partnering with Deakin in organizing this workshop to brainstorm on the research opportunities, challenges and solutions with renowned medical prof essionals, scientists, physicians, young researchers, and students working in the field of diabetes to tackle the burden of diabetes in India.”

IMAGE 1 – Professor V. Mohan, President, MDRF 

IMAGE 2- Professor David Austin, Associate Dean-International, Deakin University| Professor Jane den Holla nder AO, Vice-Chancellor & President, Deakin University| Professor V. Mohan, President, MDRF |Pro fessor S.P. Thyagarajan, Professor of Eminence and Dean (Research), SRM University, Chennai| Professor Julie Owens, De puty Vice-Chancellor (Research)

IMAGE 3- The gathering seated for the Workshop on Diabetes by Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Research Wing (MRDF) and Deakin Unive rsity Australia.

 

 Dr. R.M. Anjana, Vice President, MDRF states:“We are happy to celebrate over 5 years of engagement with Deakin University. W e’ve collaborated with the university to offer medical students access to international Ph.Dprogrammes and a specialized Diabetes Nurse Educator’s course. The workshop we’ve organized today is aimed at pushing the fro ntier of diabetic research through knowledge sharing and research cooperation among experts in this field. We hope to see partnerships and intensify research in critical areas of diabetic treatment”

 Professor Jane Den Hollander AO, Vice Chancellor & President, Deakin University said:Deakin and MDRF partn ership has been working hard on providing key interventions in Diabetes care. Diabetes is a critical health and development issue in India, with the second largest and most diverse population with diabetes in the country.  There are significant barriers in delivering diabetes care to this large number of people. Given this, the oppo rtunities for diabetes research are potentially huge in India. The workshop today on diabetes provides a pl at form for expert, researches and medical professionals to put forward research ideas in preventing and combat ing diabetes in India. This conclave enables knowledge sharing and provides an excellent networking opport u nity with a diverse group of medical and industry professionals.”

Professor S.P. Thyagarajan congratulates MDRF for taking up several novel research projects on Diabetes.

The workshop witnessed participation from renowned experts and eminent people including Ms. Susan Grace, Australian Consul-General; Dr. Ashok Kumar Das, Professor, Department of Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry; Dr. Uma Ram, Director & Consultant, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Seethapathy Clini c & Hospitals, Chennai; Dr. R. Madhavan, Consultant Diabetologist, The Guest Hospital and Former Director and Professor, Institute of Diabetology, Madras Medical College and Rajiv Gandhi Govt. General Hospital, Chennai; Dr. P. Dharmarajan, Professor & Head, Department of Diabetology, Institute of Diabetology, Madras Medical College and Govt. General Hospital, Chennai and Dr. R.M. Anjana, Vice President, MDRF